Neymar Jr. has blasted the referee who booked him for his trademark celebration during Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League victory on Wednesday night.
PSG came from behind to defeat Israeli side Maccabi Haifa 3-1, courtesy of goals from Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.
But it was the Brazilian’s goal, or rather his celebrations afterwards, that garnered the most headlines, as the forward was shown a yellow card by referee Daniel Siebert.
Neymar put his thumbs to his head and stuck his tongue out, a sight that Ligue 1 supporters have become accustomed to in recent weeks, though Siebert was left far from impressed.
This is not the first time Neymar has seen yellow for a trivial reason, having been booked several times in the past for showboating, most infamously in 2020 when he attempted a rainbow flick against Montpellier.
The 30-year-old could not believe Siebert’s decision, and later on his Instagram story called out officials for the way he has been treated over the years.
He said: ‘Another victory, congratulations, but we move on, right?
‘There it is, a celebration is a yellow card, another one for the list for NJ (Neymar) haha. It’s only with me that these things happen to.
‘Next time I will warn the referees that I am going to do it. Football keeps getting more annoying!’
Additionally, reporters questioned Neymar on the matter post-match, and his response was no-less scathing.
‘The yellow card? I just saw the referee now and asked him why he gave me the card,’ he replied.
‘He apologized to me and said he trusts me. Oh, now you trust me? After I get a yellow and now, I’m cautioned.
‘It’s disrespectful. Do I have to ask UEFA to celebrate?’
While no doubt one of the best players in world football over the past decade, Neymar does have a surprising knack for picking up yellow cards, having been booked 134 times in 474 games across his whole career.
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